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French JHA vMinister Nunez to EF: European Cooperation v. Terror shields Strasbourg Christmas Market

Written by ACM
Friday, 23 November 2018
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*Strasbourg/Police Headquarters/Angelo Marcopolo/- The New French JHA Deputy Minister, experienced former Head of the Intelligence service (DGSI), Laurent Nunez, replying to an "Eurofora"'s Question, ensured that European and even International Cooperation is a constant and developing Key for the Protection of emblematic Popular Events, as that of Strasbourg's "Christmas Market", from remaining eventual Terrorist threats, as he said while reviewing on the spot the Security Mechanism of the City which Hosts the PanEuropean CoE, EU Parliament's full Plenary Sessions, ECHR, EU-Ombudsman, EUROCORPS, Shengen's Secretariat, etc., near Germany.

 

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Strasbourg has Recently become also Capital of the New, Big Region of "Great East", which Links the Borders of 5 EU Countries at the Core of Europe : France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium, (i.e. practicaly Linking UN European HQ at Geneva with Strasbourg and Luxembourg EU[+CoE] Quarters, up to Brussels' EU Council and Commission, as well as NATO's HQ+, etc).


The move Timely comes just a few Days after the Inauguration of the New Headquarters, here, of the European Agency for Information Systems "EU-Lisa", (which includes, inter alia, also Shengen's, Movement, Visa +Asylum systems' Secretariat, etc), whose Experienced CEO, Krum GARKOV, has already been Interviewed by "Eurofora" 3 Times, (inside CoE, the French Prefecture, and EU Parliament : See, f.ex., http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/shengendirectoronsmartborders.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euitheadgarkovonantiterrorismnewtools.html, etc).


New French JHA vice-Minister's brief but topical INTW with "Eurofora" Today, follows a Long Series of similar Press Exhanges that we already had in the Past with Many among his Predecessors at the Leadership of the Ministry of Interior, including, among others, also : Gerard Collomb (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchministercollombandschaubleonprotestantecumenism.html, etc), Bertrand Cazeneuve (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchinteriorministeronfrancogermancooperationagainstterrorism.htmlhttp://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchjhaministeroneubordersandfightvterrorism.html, etc), Manuel Valls (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/parisattackonciviliansanditaly.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchprimeministeroninnovationprojects.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchprimeministervallsonhightechfunding.html, etc), Claude Gueant (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/gueantoneuidentityfuture.html, etc), Brice Hortefeux (f.ex.:  http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/regionalelections.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/sarkozyxristofias.html, etc), Michele Alliot-Marie (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/mamjustice.html, etc).


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  - "Eurofora" asked Laurent Nunez, at his Press-point in Strasbourg, whether, "concerning the (Islamist) Terrorist Risks" there are "useful Cooperationq with (his) collegues in (nearby) Germany and other European Countries".


- "Of course !", immediately responded the New French JHA v.Minister to the above mentioned "Eurofora"s Question, spontaneously.


- Indeed, "we are Working", specially, " in order to Prevent the Threat of Terrorism", he specified, (clearly Upgrading that issue from "Risk" up to "Threat", according to the precise Wording that chose carefully the experienced Author of the recent Book : "We need new Words", published in 2018).


- In fact, "there is a Very Close Cooperation, at the level of All Services", in this regard, he firmly confirmed.


 - But this is going on "particularly, you know, as far as it concerns the Intelligence" services, specified Nunez, (who has, notoriously, a Wide personal Experience, covering Both Intelligence, as former Head of the French Intelligence "DST", and Police, etc., aiming to valorize their Synergy).


- "Therefore, I will develop further this (International) cooperation", he anounced.


- It will be done "Together with (JHA Minister) Mr. (Philip) Castaner", (former Government's Press Spokesman), pointed out Nunez (who is generaly considerd as more "Operational" in Police/Intelligence's Practice, compared to Castaner's more "Political" profile).


- And this concerns, in principle, not only some EU Member States, but, More Widely, "All the Countries of the World", he stressed, ambitiously.  


- Naturally, "Including in the Relations that we (France) have with our German Friends", Laurent Nunez added in fine, speaking in Strasbourg, i.e. Near the Franco-German Borders at the Rhine river, and, therefore, making a Special Mention to the relevant Cooperation with Germany.         


In this regard, among various other Facts, nobody can forget, f.ex., that the Mass Murderer who cowardly Targetted, Attacked and Murdered many innocent Civilian People at Berlin's 2016 Christmas Market, had, Afterwards, crossed, throughout France, into neighbouring Italy, where he was reportedly Shot Dead by the Police, (which had been, previously, Warned).          


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+ Furthermore, the New French JHA v.Minister also underlined the current existence of "a Context in which the (Islamist) Terrorist Threat remains very High", stimulating, therefore, the French State's will to "ensure that this Christmas Market will take place in the Best Conditions of Security", as he promised.

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- That's why "I was here (in Strasbourg) in order to see how the Security Mechanism is being set up", during this Christmas Market, "which durates until the End of December" 2018, he explained, shortly after Completing a Series of Fast-Track but Comprehensive Briefings and Exchanges with the Leadership of the Police, other Security services and local Political Leaders, here.                            

 

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- Indeed, during an Initial and "dense" working Visit at Strasbourg's Police HeadQuarters, including its impressive "Command Center" with "Video-Surveillance", etc, already used for NATO's 2009 Summit, (Comp. "Eurofora"s relevant NewsReports then, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/mamnato.html, etc), followed by a Brief but Active Walk through the Christmas Market Stands downtown, 

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Laurent Nunez reviewed "an Important Mechanism, which involves Many Agents of National Police, as well as of the Municipal Police, and even Soldiers, but also Private Security services, etc, in a Security Co-Production", as he described it, during his Press-point with Strasbourg's Journalists, including "Eurofora".

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More than + 500 Security Agents (including Policemen and Soldiers, etc) are due to protect Strasbourg's Traditional, 450th Christmas Market of 2018, with about 300 Stands in a specially Fortified Downtown, which expects to Welcome Visitors from all over the World during more than a Month, generating almost 250 Millions all € in all, after over-Tripling Security Expenditure from 300.000 up to 1 Million €, (a few Years after the 2015 Attacks on Paris and Brussels, followed by those at Berlin, London, Nice, Barcelona, etc. on 2016/2017).

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+ "Eurofora" witnessed, afterwards, on the spot, that this 2018 Strasbourg's Christmas Market, includes, for the 1st Time, also a Large "Finnish Village" of various Stands set up by the Government of Finland, on the occasion of its Presidency of the CoE, (November 2018 - May 2019), that has just Started with a PanEuropean Summit of its Committee of Ministers, the Day Before Yesterday (on November 21, 2018), during which, the Foreign Minister of that Country, Timo Soini, (Comp. also his Statements to "Eurofora", at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/finlandcoechairsoinionechrdecisionsexecution.html ), proudly reminded that, according to the Legend, ..."Santa Claus lives in Finland !"

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More Practical, Strasbourg City's vice-Mayor for European/International Relations, Nawel Rafik-Elmrini, pointed, during a Flag-raising Ceremony at the City's Republic Square, that same Day, that the "Finnish Village" includes a Tasty Flamed-Salmon, which, as we personaly saw Today, (November 23, 2018), at the Inauguration of this Year's Christmas Market, appeared to be particularly appreciated by Many Visitors.

 

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As well as Helsinki's Good Idea to exceptionaly add also a Wooden Finnish mini-House, a lot of Spacy, illuminated Tables, and even a Huge, rustic Village Tent, with Wooden Seats, Furs and a Camp Fire to keep People Warm during these Cold Winter evenings, which soon became very Popular, filled by a lot of visiting Families with Kids, in a Sympathetic Human Ambiance, at Gutemberg Square, with view to Strasbourg's Historic Cathedral...

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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

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In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.


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- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".

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- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".
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 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.

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